The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has distributed over 49 new transformers to rural communities in the state.
Ambode, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Jafar Sanuth, after handing over the transformers, said they would reduce the challenge of unsteady power supply that is crippling businesses and making life unbearable for the citizens, especially in the rural communities.
The governor said that in his inaugural speech, he pledged total commitment to impact on rural communities in the state, which informed the distribution transformers to them.
“In my inaugural speech, I pledged my total commitment to run a government that will implement programmes that will make life more meaningful, easier, and happier for our people. Today, we are handing over these transformers as a demonstration of that pledge,” he said.
The governor said his administration would commence the connection of the 49 transformers to the national grid in two weeks’ time under the first phase, while the second phase would involve the procurement and installation of over 50 transformers which would be distributed to rural communities in Epe, Badagry, Ibeju Lekki and Ikorodu.
He added that the connection of the transformers to national grid would improve power supply, create enabling environment for job creation and reduce migration from the rural to urban areas.
“This will also create employment for our unemployed youth in these areas as small scale businesses can now function properly with the installation of the transformers. With the provision of the transformers to these communities, it will improve the economy of the communities, especially those who are in one way or the other depending on power supply as the only means of their livelihood,” he said.
In his own remark, Sanuth, said the presentation of the new transformers would bring development to the areas and improve the lives of the citizens.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Affairs, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri, said the quest to reach every nook and cranny of the state was the reason Governor Ambode presented the 49 transformers to improve the standard of living in rural communities.
He, therefore, urged the communities to use the transformers judiciously and guarded them jealously from vandals.
Mr. Femi Ogunade, from Okunoniyanrin whose community received one the transformers in Ibeju–Lekki Local Government Area commended the government for the gesture, while Mr. Sewedo Hunsu from Erekiti in Badagry said “our people are happy with Ambode, he promised the people of Lagos, now we are happy.
“Many Artisans like barbers, welders, business centre owners who left our communities because of epileptic power supply are all here today because of the transformers.”
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